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The Fabric of Humanity redefines your relationship with clothing. We offer an alternative that connects you to and is conscious about the people behind the production side, their individual and collective stories.
Have you ever wondered about who made your t-shirt, dress or sweater? What it means for her to have this job? Her dreams and aspirations for herself, her family and her community?
Our mission is to give you a wearable tool to contribute to making this a better world. The Fabric of Humanity is a social enterprise. We are building an organization in which sales support social investment funds dedicated to improving the communities where we manufacture our clothing. Clean water, access to healthcare and education… Our seamstresses suggest what their communities need, and you decide what causes to support. We call it Wearable Philanthropy.
We want you to be proud of the change you are wearing. That’s how we want to redefine your relationship with clothing.
Are you ready to back our Wearable Philanthropy project? Great!
Our backers get their due credit
As a backer, you deserve all the credit for being a true visionary. That's why we have designed a Special Edition gratitude label that shows that you were part of this vision from the very beginning, starting from right here at Kickstarter.
We have a great selection of rewards for you!
To our knowledge, this is the very first philanthropic collection of clothing ever. Our pioneer pieces come from Colombia and Mongolia, and have beautiful projects in the making.
- Conflict zone philanthropic tee
This t-shirt makes it possible to bring opportunities to a conflict zone. Just as the screen print says, this tee is "Made with Hope" by Beatriz, Silvia, Astrid & Alexander. We'd love you to meet them! Not only will you be helping them get fair employment, but you can influence their whole community. Get the details on how we plan to be involved once the Kickstarter campaign is successful.
We are confident this tee will be a conversation starter, allowing you, the philanthropist, to spread the word of Wearable Philanthropy and how it is possible to make a difference even in the middle of a conflict zone.
But, see for yourself. Here is a video for you to get acquainted with Tadó and the potential in Wearable Philanthropy!
- Yak cardigans
Knit from 100% hand-combed and natural grey yak down collected from nomad herders in the Khanghai Mountains of Mongolia, where we have great philanthropic projects in the making. This rarest-of-colours is not dyed, which preserves all the natural properties of the fibre. The finished yarn is as soft as cashmere, warmer than merino wool, lightweight and breathable. And due to the anti-microbial nature of the fibre, the cardigans require far less cleaning.
Our men’s asymmetrical zip cardigan has a double breasted front so you can wear it 1/2 way zipped with your favourite shirt, or zip it up all the way to the collar and be cozy, warm and extremely stylish.
For our women’s cardigan, we have designed a long, elegant piece with a draped handkerchief hem that accentuates it's graceful flow. The front has a delicate trim with shell button closure and a v-neckline. Dress it up with bold jewelry and a great blouse, or dress it down with a comfortable tee and your favourite jeans. Either way, you will feel luxuriously comfortable.
Watch this short video to gain a deeper understanding of how these cardigans are truly special pieces in Wearable Philanthropy.
- Purse filled with love and heritage
Felting is an ancient craft of the Mongolian nomads. Dating from the 13th century, it continues to have many uses - even as insulation for their ger (yurt). Our purse, felted from yak and sheep fibre in a rural town, is made with love by a small group of women who started their cooperative with funding from the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The exclusive butterfly design for The Fabric of Humanity is a modern rendition of the word “philanthropist” in the classical Mongolian script. The shoulder bag features an internal pocket and a button and loop closure. When asked about how we can be involved philanthropically, this small group of women dream on bringing employment opportunities to the area. After the closing of our Kickstarter campaign, we want to work on funding micro lending facilities to kickstart new livelihoods there.
Our visionary rewards
Sourcing wearable philanthropy is time intensive and expensive. We have to visit the places, meet the people, enable their talents and develop long-term relationships. And unlike conventional sourcing, our production capacity can be incredibly restricted, which makes it difficult for us to get sufficient funding from these items alone.
It is for this reason that we have created our visionary rewards. All proceeds from these ethically-made pieces will be invested in bringing more communities into our Wearable Philanthropy model and allow us to grow into the game changer we want to be.
- Made in the USA
Ethically made in the USA 100% cotton french terry for him and soft subtle bamboo for her. Our men’s 3 button henley is made with exposed stitching details in a modern look from soft french terry cotton fabric that keeps you comfortable and in style. While our women’s bamboo top features an asymmetrical shirred left hip detail and a uniquely designed neckline that can be worn as a front drop cowl, a back drop cowl or as a hoodie. We know you will appreciate the combination of style and comfort.
- Classic men's polo
Our Canadian classic pique polo in an eco-friendly blend of rayon from bamboo and organic cotton. This is the iconic polo re-imagined. We have embellished it for you with our minimalistic tonal embroidered logo for a subtle touch.
- V-neck ladies tees
Our Canadian v-neck tee is made ethically from a luscious blend of rayon from bamboo and organic cotton. We have embellished it for you with our minimalistic tonal embroidered logo for a subtle touch.
- Crew neck tees
Our Canadian crew neck tees are made ethically of premium 100% combed ring-spun cotton. Your perfect everyday tee, soft to the touch and screen printed with our TFOH global community logo.
Build your own custom reward!
So you love the vision in Wearable Philanthropy, and you love the rewards. Thank you! We've worked really hard to get to this point.
The great news is that you don't have to take the difficult decision of just which one reward you should chose. In fact, we make it easy for you to choose more than one! All you have to do is follow these simple steps:
1. Select up to 10 rewards you'd love to have for yourself and/or give as presents.
2. Add their suggested pledges together. If the sum is $500 or more, then choose the custom reward level and add the shipping costs to your country. 3. When Kickstarter asks you to confirm the final amount of your pledge, write down the total amount from step 2.
When the campaign closes, we will send you a survey to get all the details from you (such as items, quantities, sizes and colours). It's that easy!
At The Fabric of Humanity, we believe this first collection includes great rewards for our amazing backers. The increasing social connectedness and consciousness in our own future make this a ripe moment in history for Wearable Philanthropy. We can't wait to start making this a better world together with you!
The inner workings of Wearable Philanthropy
The funding we raise from our Kickstarter campaign will allow us to put a beautiful business model in place. At a minimum, we need to create the IT infrastructure that will allow to connect and empower people through clothing everywhere in the world. This is how it will work. It's easy.
Our price tags will include two main pieces of information
1. An URL and QR code that will take you to the video of who made your garment a reality. Follow the link to learn about their personal story and about life in the community.
2. The actual number of dollars from the garment's price that will be donated to the community fund. We will implement all projects we can afford with this money. And, of course, we are building an IT system with full transparency, so that you will know how the money is used.
The magic of Wearable Philanthropy is how these two things combine. Once you know the personal stories and appreciate how life in the community is, you will be invited to learn about philanthropic projects there. You get to vote for the one you think makes the greatest difference. You may, if you wish, contribute your professional knowledge to make these projects even better.
The result goes well beyond ethical clothing. Wearable Philanthropy changes our relationship with clothing. Every now and then you'll remember the person who made your garment in your wardrobe, and you'll feel great for what you helped achieve for her and her community. It's a fact: that's something special to feel proud about!
Risks and challenges
Nahuel and Wendy make a great team. Not only do we have the qualifications and experiences to pull this off, we actually think this is what we are meant to do!
Like all projects, Wearable Philanthropy has its risks, and we are conscious of them. Overall, we are pretty confident we will find awesome people like you to show us that there is actual demand for using clothing as a force for change around the world. The success of this Kickstarter campaign is a good test of that.
Once we get the support we are looking for, we feel there is little risk in providing you with your very-well-deserved rewards. We have dependable and ethical production ready for the job for our US, Canadian and Mongolian products.
The exception is our Colombian products. Doing business in a conflict zone is not easy! Logistics and security in Tadó are particularly challenging. But, we have a well-thought-out strategic plan to achieve what we mean to do. The details are a trade secret we would like to keep to ourselves for now, but we can say that we have received tacit support from a couple of Colombian government agencies. We will be calling on them along our other efforts. And rest assured we will do our outmost best to bring this particular community online. At the same time, should you select one of our Colombian products, we need to reserve the option of providing you with an alternate reward of equal or greater value.
The Fabric of Humanity is here to stay. We have worked hard to ensure that production and delivery of your Kickstarter rewards goes smoothly. Should you find any hiccups in the process, please let us know. Above all, we are ready and eager to learn from our customers on how we can build a great company out of this great idea.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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